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HOW STRUCTURE AFFECTS MOVEMENT

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On the following pages I will overlay this correct Boxer's angulation - side view,
over the most common stuctural problems you see in the showring.




  • This should enable you to see the difference between each dog and the correct Boxer.
  • The outline (in red) and angulation (in yellow) will be placed over each example.
  • Small differences can then be easily seen
  • All problems of stucture affect movement!





OK, but may be problem?
More forechest - Correct angulation

  • In this drawing I have modified the front giving him more forechest.
  • You can see the comparison. Not a lot… but what a difference it makes!
  • It is his balance that is affected making him look heavy in the chest, but he should reach out well in front and have powerful rear drive
  • Still a nice dog but not as good as No 1 as he is looking a little out of balance
  • This dog must be viewed from the front as he could be overloaded in shoulder.
"Pouter Pigeon" forechest - Correct angulation

  • This dog is similar to the last dog - but his chest instead of being nicely rounded cuts away sharply.
  • Not a lot of diffence again… but noticible!
  • He does not have the smoothly curving ribcage or depth of chest that would give him plenty of heart room.
  • This won’t affect his reach and drive as he is still well balanced.
  • Seen from the front the fill between his legs will be missing as because his breastbone is more prominent this is usually accompanied by hollows on each side.
  • This dog must be viewed from the front as he could be too narrow in chest.

The type of structural problems shown above may not affect movement
if the dog's angulation is correct and his chest is of the correct width!





Definite problems
"Heavy Fronted" - longer upper arm

  • Because this dog has a fuller, deeper forechest and a longer upper arm. He looks loaded in front and out of balance.
  • Note the extra depth and slightly shorter, more angled shoulderblade!
  • Because of the longer upper arm his chest is slightly below his elbow.
  • He will have a long forward reach and may have a rotary action to give his rear legs time to catch up to the front legs
Long second thigh

  • You can see with this overlay that this dog’s rear feet are behind the original feet.
  • This dog has a very good front but he is longer in the second thigh. His action will be uncoordinated and he will lack drive.
  • Because of his excess length in second thigh he may stop with his rear legs more under himself for balance.
  • He may move either cowhocked or barrel hocked or a combination of both - swivel hocked




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